Letter: Neil & Lance are both inspirational
Sunday, September 9, 2012
I was absolutely appalled that The Columbian published on Sept. 2 the thinly veiled hit piece column by Susan Hogan, “One Armstrong a true hero,” aimed at Lance Armstrong, damning him with faint praise. It purported to do a side-by-side comparison between Lance and Neil Armstrong; although both have led inspirational lives, Neil was labeled a “hero” and Lance was labeled “not a hero.” I seriously doubt if either man considers (considered in Neil’s case) himself a hero. From my observation they are/were people striving to be the best at what they do — their inspirational qualities originate from their determination, their guts, and their unswerving movement toward their goals.
Also, I was surprised that the author of that column was fooled by the USADA, which is, in my opinion, a sham organization let by vindictive witch hunters, modern-day McCarthyism at its worst. These kinds of organizations promote the nanny state, discouraging self-reliance and personal responsibility. That Lance Armstrong has taken the higher ground is also inspirational to me; as a fellow life-long cyclist I admire his ability to forgive and move on.